Lady Anna's father was a dissolute nobleman who abandoned his wife and baby girl, leaving them in poverty. For years, their only friends were a tailor and his son, also a tailor. Lady Anna and the tailor's son are in love. But now her father dies abroad and there arises the question of his will. If Lady Anna inherits, she will be fabulously wealthy, marry into nobility (her mother hopes) and be accepted by the English aristocracy. The inheritance is in doubt because another question has arisen regarding the legitimacy of Lady Anna's parents' marriage. If it turns out she is illegitimate, the money will go to a lord from another branch of the family, who are gentleman and ladies, but not rich. This lord inherits the title of Lady Anna's father.
The drama turns on the inheritance and Lady Anna's romance with the tailor's son, a fine intelligent worthy man, but low born. Her mother fiercely desires that they break up. She and the other branch of the family want Lady Anna to marry the lord. If he inherits the money, she will be rich. If she inherits the money, he will be rich. The solution is ideal to everyone but Anna and the tailor's son.
Love or status? That is Anna's choice. The idea of her marrying a poor tailor is unthinkable to almost everyone around her, even if she does not get the money. The idea of her inheriting the money and bestowing it on a tailor is even worse! The lord is gentle but almost arrogant in his position and class. The tailor is honest and hardworking, but a rebel who despises rich idlers.
A very entertaining book.
This report prepared by Fenella